Every year the U.S. spends billions in the processing and management of hazardous mixed waste. One increasing valuable method of treating this waste is with plasma-arc processing which can convert mixed waste to much less harmful components. But this uses a lot of expensive electricity often making the method not viable. I suggest setting up plasma arc processing close to a few existing nuclear power plants, many of which produce too much electrical power at night and currently have to PAY grid operators to remove the excess power from their feed lines. This excess power could be used in simplified plasma arc processers to significantly lower our nation’s cost of waste treatment, since the plasma can be generated in low-use hours and ancillary low-power operations performed during the day when power is expensive. I estimate that after initial scale-up this method could save about $2 billion annually.
Idea No. 3964